Helldiver found off the coast of Florida

It is being reported that a mostly intact Curtiss Helldiver SB2C has been found during a scuba dive off of the coast of Jupiter, Florida. It is unsure if this wreckage is a gravesite or not and ownership of this aircraft remains with the US Navy.

Here is a youtube video of the crash site:


Video credit to the poster on youtube.

Restoration photos of SBD-5 at National Naval Aviation Museum

105 by Florida Warbirds
105, a photo by Florida Warbirds on Flickr.

JohnK from the WIX forums has been kind enough to share with us three different sets of photos of restorations currently happening at the National Naval Aviation Museum. The first set is of the restoration of a Dauntless SBD-5 36291, which was crashed during carrier qualification flights in November 1944 on Lake Michigan.

It is estimated that it will take 2-3 years to make the restoration complete so that it can be displayed at the museum. For more information about this aircraft, visit the National Naval Aviation Museum website.

More pictures can be found here.

Update on the Naval Aviation Musuem’s Birdcage Corsair

The EAA website has posted an update on the Naval Aviation Museum’s Birdcage on their website. This aircraft was recovered from Lake Michigan last year and should be on static display sometime next year.

Article can be found here and pictures on Facebook.